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Jury Duty Calif. style

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

In California,You are sent a jury summons appomx 28 days before you are required to serve.The weekend prior to date,you call in to see if you have to serve on Monday. If you have to go in,it's one day or one trial.You sit in a room of about 160 other people waiting to see if you have to serve.If you don't get called,you are excused untilthe next year.No 15.00 plus 39 cents a mile unless you are there two or more days. If you don't show up,you can be arrested and have to pay a 1500 dollar fine and or jail time.Most people don't want to serve.Its a hassle, with their job,child care beliefs etc....Now me; I would love to serve.I understand the law,retired Calif.peace officer plus I'm healthy,and retired.Because I worked Probation ,I was sent a jury summons every year.Only once did I get as far as a seat on the jury panel.Of course it was a gang-related assault ie my specialty.Of course I was dismissed.Another time I was recognized by the attorney in a case and excused after a crazy woman was dismissed.I figured now I'm retired,I will be put on a case.Today I sat with 160 others,most griping about being there. I had my books(pare in the car) food,coffee,change for the vending machine.At 10:30 they said there were several trials going on. 80 people would be called.Yippee! my name was called!Finally I will be on a jury.then the clerk said,"listen carefully,all 80 called,you are excused for this year."All of the people who thought they had skated were now going to be on a jury.Most of the people who were called became giddy with relief.Me Grumpy!I think once a peace officer always a peace officer. My name must get red flagged every time I show up for jury duty.In my opinion, I would make a good juror.So maybe next year!
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    I dread that mail saying I am to serve I HOPE it does not happen any time soon!

    1814 days ago
  • KACAR51
    I am glad that I have never been called! emoticon
    1850 days ago
    Our jury service is the same only we only get called every so often I think I have been called 3 times but never got as far as being on a jury, my husband is 77 and never been called.
    1850 days ago
    emoticon Your Procedure sounds very similar to how it is done in Oklahoma. I have only been called once for Jury Duty and I went in to it "Kicking & Screaming". The Judge was so good about talking with the Jury during breaks, answering Questions (about Procedure, Not about the Case), and telling Storys about his experiences over the years that I ended up Enjoying the whole experience immensely! I would jump at a chance to serve again -- Especially in his courtroom.
    emoticon It seems to me like at least the Prosecutor would want "Someone Like You" or DIDMIL on their Jury. At least you know the Law.
    1851 days ago
    I love jury duty too. Our state pays $12 a day, so I felt rich after serving 2 days/month for 6 months! LOL. But we did end up with a child abuse case and a murder, so the heavy responsibility of hearing evidence (grand jury) was heart-breaking. I was glad not to be on the actual jury for those.
    Better luck next time! You'll make a great juror!
    1851 days ago
    I would love to sit on a jury at least once. My mother worked as a receptionist for the Colorado highway patrol in a small town. And when any of her immediate family walked in the door of the court room to report for jury duty, we were immediately dismissed. Since moving to CA, I have been summoned once, spent the entire day sitting in the room waiting with probably 160 people and was dismissed at the end of the day. I have been in CA 10 years and only received one summons so far.
    1851 days ago
    I think I would make a terrible juror. I thin k the system is corrupt emoticon
    1851 days ago
    Well, better luck next time! HUGS
    1851 days ago
    we need more people like you.
    1851 days ago
    the many times I had to report, they only kept me more than one day one time, and it was to jury selection, and then I was excused, at that time I got paid for it by my job, and wanted to, since I have retired, I have been called 2 times, there are many courts close by my home, at least I could drive, but no, I had to take a bus to Los Angeles and sit until they excused me, I tried to get it at a municipal court, but oh no, the next time I am called I will get a doctor's excuse, he told me, I could have one, I do not drive the freeways, etc. anyway, a bunch of hooey, as far as I am concerned. emoticon
    1851 days ago
  • TERRI289
    You are a good person
    1851 days ago
    I always wanted to serve on a jury. Until I ctually did. But that was because it was a NM grand jury assignment (2 days a week, 12 weeks) during my wedding. I didn't get permission to take any time off for my wedding from the jury. Thank goodness I had a company taht actually paid my duty and I wasn't planning a honeymoon.
    1851 days ago
  • SHEL_V2
    Awww... I know the feeling. I worked for a corporation that paid jury duty, and got called for my one day a few times, but never even saw the inside of a courtroom. Now I'm a freelancer, so it wouldn't be as financially happy to spend too much time on a jury. I haven't been called in years.

    Ever looked into volunteering for a year your County's Grand Jury?
    1851 days ago
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